Ramen Stir Fry

Ramen Stir Fry

Ramen is the pantry staple of college students, but it can be so much more. This Ramen Stir Fry recipe starts with Ramen, and with the addition of some vegetables and oil, a couple simple packs of Ramen can be transformed into something that feeds the entire family, and gets them to eat their vegetables, too.

I have been making variations of this Ramen Stir Fry for Years. It’s a great way to use up leftover vegetables, and because my children like Ramen, I can be guaranteed that they will eat those vegetables. I used this recipe as part of my Five Dollar Grocery Challenge, but that version was made only with cabbage and onion combined with the Ramen. It was very good, but I decided to try to make this a bit “fancier” this time.

Ramen Stir Fry
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What will you need to prepare this recipe?

From the Pantry

  • Ramen
  • Oil
  • Peanuts

From the Refrigerator

  • Coleslaw Mix
  • Broccoli Slaw (or Carrot Slaw)
  • Chicken

From the Root Cellar

  • Onion
  • Garlic

Using prepackaged coleslaw mix and broccoli (or carrot) slaw mix, helps to prepare this dish quickly. It’s great served with a side of steamed, or fried, rice.

Ramen Stir Fry

This recipe is very simple to prepare, and a few simple variations can help you create a very different tasting meal. Give it a try. You’ll be glad you did.

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Ramen Stir Fry

Ramen is a very inexpensive pantry staple. It's also extremely versatile. This stir fry is loaded with vegetables, as well as some meat and peanuts, but you can add whatever you like, using this recipe as a guideline. I have made this without the chicken, using only nuts for a vegan version. You can use a different flavor of Ramen, too. It's a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables, and it's delicious served with a side of either steamed or fried rice. This recipe is very frugal, too. The entire recipe costs only $8.32 or about $1.04 per serving
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 8
Calories 294 kcal


  • 2 (3 ounce) packages soy sauce flavored Ramen ($0.40)
  • 1 (10 ounce) package broccoli slaw (can use carrot slaw mix instead) ($1.99)
  • 1 (12 – 16 ounce) package tricolor coleslaw mix ($0.99)
  • 1 medium yellow onion quartered and thingly sliced ($0.20)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced ($0.10)
  • 2 tbsp oil (corn, canola, coconut, peanut–your choice)($0.16)
  • 1 cup leftover chopped chicken ($0.50)
  • 1 cup raw spanish peanuts (optional) ($0.38)


  • Bring 2 cups water to boil on stove.
  • Heat oil in large skillet.
  • Add onion and sautee for 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic to pan with onions and sautee for 1 more minute.
  • Add chicken, and ½ cup of peanuts to the pan with the onions and garlic and sautee for1-2 minutes.
  • Add broccoli (or carrot) slaw to the pan with the meat mixture and mix well to thoroughly combine.
  • Sprinkle seasoning packets from Ramen on top of the cabbage mixture.
  • Mix well and continue to cook, stirring frequently.
  • Break the brick of Ramen noodles in half and then break each half in half again.
  • Drop Ramen noodles into boiling water and allow to cook for one minute–just until they are separated.
  • Remove noodles from water and add to pot with cabbage mixture and toss together to evenly distribute them.
  • Continue stir the vegetable and noodle mixture until cooked to your desired level of doneness.
  • If you prefer softer vegetables, add water ½ cup at a time to the pan, and cover it to allow the vegetables to finish cooking by steaming.
  • Serve topped with additional peanuts. if desired.
Keyword broccoli slaw mix, carrot slaw mix, chicken, coleslaw mix, extra virgin olive oil, onion, peanuts, ramen

Nutritional information was calculated for 1/8th of Ramen Stir Fry prepared according to the recipe above.

Ramen Stir Fry

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